Oklahoma House Build!

Glad I am! The big stuff can get pretty heavy.
(Chart of bar weight by linear foot)

One 20’ stick of #18 would be close to 300lbs!!

Amen to that ! Been on the end of the big stuff when I was young and energetic. Even the #5’s will work you out when your toting as many as you can get your mitts around. There’s a certain “art” to hustling that stuff so you don’t kill your self or somebody else.

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We got the footings poured today! 54yds with 3 to spare.
AND we got some unexpected help from 3 other brothers, so there were 6 of us.

Rocky soil with giant boulders made the footing much wider in some areas but it all worked out!

Starting the rough plumbing in a while, right after we get all this dirt out… :roll_eyes:


Kudos, but in our parts the occupational health/safety inspectors would be swarming on you like wasps…


Thanks Anssi, I went back and fixed some things…

(I am not trying to mock @Anssi, anyone else, or safety itself, the compositing idea just came into my head, and I thought it would be funny. Peace be with you :heart:.)


I was half joking. Earlier in my 40+ years of going to building sites it was quite common that I would arrive in my office clothes, and the contractor had something to ask about roofing, and there we went, climbing on some makeshift ladder nailed together from some rotten planks, with no protective clothing and nothing to prevent us from falling, then walking on the wet standing seam roof to reach the actual spot. Still shuddering. And only luck kept me from stepping on nails with my thin soled shoes.


The little orange mushroom caps were what came to my mind. The most impressive I’ve seen were the timber framers from Benson Woodworking that thought nothing of the hardhats, harnesses and fall protection gear they put on like everyday clothes.

As a lifelong photographer, I almost always have a camera on me, and usually serious one at that. One time climbing an iron pipe “mason scaffolding” to get to the roof, my foot slipped, I dropped a rung, and realized I came too close to hanging myself with the camera around my neck. Ever since, when on a job site, I hang the camera neckstrap on a shoulder, not my neck.

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I wish I could “heart” this more than once! Sounds like you need some fashion and protection…
Maybe some of these:

Glad you made it out of there, navigating the site can be risky business…

For all wondering what this topic has to do with SketchUp, the whole house was modeled in SketchUp, and I will be making comparison images as we go along to show the congruency (or lack thereof) between the model and the real deal.

No side-by-side pictures have been taken of the concrete due to the rebar plans changing as we went and of course, the footings not looking quite as planned due to the rocky soil, but just for fun…:

footing 2


Not much to see here.


Nice effect!

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So, it’s been a while, we’ve been quite busy but we have also been able to get a lot more help than I had initially expected, praise the Lord!

The heat index has been steadily in or just shy of the triple digits so it’s been pretty rough
(I’ve lost about 5 lbs since we started), but we have managed to:

  • Chalk out the slab forms

  • Dig the column footings, main trunk line for the plumbing, and uncover the sleeves we installed during the pour (with some “minor” setbacks (big ol’ rocks))

  • Frame the forms

  • Start off the rough-in for the plumbing. No water lines yet, we start those Monday!

The house slab and garage wall pour will be in around two weeks, and by then we need to:

  1. Form the master shower (its a roll-in with a rain head)
  2. Finish the plumbing
  3. Dig and Run the underground electric
  4. Bring in the dirt, spread it out, and compact it all
  5. Install radon vent
  6. Install the vapor barrier
  7. Lay and tie all the rebar for the columns, slab, and the interior footing

Moving right along!

Sorry, not very many Sketchup comparisons this time either, as it wasn’t necessary to model the plumbing, and the concrete forms really just aren’t that interesting in my opinion.



Good progress :+1:


Thanks, tuna! We’re excited by the progress as well!

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We finished at around 2 today.

Almost laid all the bar in the columns,

Finished the rough in plumbing, and the form for the roll in shower.

(David and his brother in-law finishing up!)

We’re all watered up, and holding pressure! Sweet!


Love the animation! Nice work!


Really like the level of documentation of the build. Some of these photos can actually be quite useful down the road when you might need to refer back to them in order to remember specific locations of things.

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That’s why I take so many pictures during construction.

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Thanks everyone for all the encouragement and input! It’s been really cool so far being able to use this forum as a bit of a blog for this project.

There will be a lot more SketchUp comparisons after we get the slab done.

Since the last update, we have:

My hand.

My shoulder.

I was carrying six 20’ pieces at time (80lbs), but David was able to carry ten (136lbs!), though he confessed that he wasn’t going to do that anymore… I don’t blame him… he said,

“I was grabbing ten at a time, and was thinking to myself ‘man, I must be getting old…’ I was swaying back forth really hard…” ~ sort of a quote

He didn’t realize that each one was a little over 13lbs.

We only have about 2 to 4 hours left before we are ready for concrete. We’ll need to check measurements and make whatever adjustments we need to make, but other than that, we’re ready to beat the crete.

And we get to take some days off!

We’ve been starting at 6 and stopping near 5 to 7 for almost a week.



We thought about 3D modeling everything. All the wires, and all the piping and PEX, every electrical fixture, all the HVAC, and and all the finishes and trim, but we ended up getting too busy actually building it. May take some time to mess with all that in the future, and I’ll posts pictures about that too.

The layout of these things will probably change over time, and you know plumbers. They just need to know where the sewer line is, and the fixtures.

I started using the electrical plugin that you made but had trouble figuring it all out as far as the CDs.

I also tried VBO Piping Pro, (which also does HVAC ducting and other things) but I need to spend a day making a USA PVC DWV pipe fitting library that has all the fittings we use, and unfortunately VBO Piping Pro doesn’t support 22.5° fittings. But I have reached out to the developer about it these issues and he got back to me saying he’d work on the 22.5° thing.

Not sure about how to do all the PEX either.

I’ll have to make my own library if I am to use VBO Piping Pro properly. Long sweep 90s, different sized combi’s, and just figuring out how it all works.

It does look pretty cool so far though!

(3skeng is just too much $$$, and it doesn’t have a PEX library)

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What is the brand of the vapor barrier you are using and thickness. I’ve been thinking about doing some work in my crawl space to better condition it.

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That’s Yellow Guard - 15 Mil
by Husky. (.015 inches)

There’s also a very similar but a bit more expensive product called Stego Wrap..

I’m not really sure if it’s any better though, and I’m imagining the difference is quite small if there’s any difference at all. I could be wrong on that. Stego Wrap seems to act like they got the best vapor barrier ever made. Judge that for yourself though.

If you’re thinking of laying plastic down in your crawlspace, I would look into getting your entire crawlspace encapsulated by a professional HVAC guy. I happen to know a man who does that professionally in Georgia among other things. He’s liscensed and has his own business doing full HVAC installs, maintenance calls and all sorts of things.

What I do know about crawl space encapsulation is that Candler (HVAC guy I mentioned) does it with 20 mil diamond pattern ripstop plastic. I helped him do one in 2018. It’s super serious stuff. I don’t know if you could even stretch it with your bare hands though you pull on it with all your might. It really does make your crawlspace pretty slick to look at and much more fun to be in if you have to be in it.

If you wanted, I could reach out to him and have him text you or call you so he could give you some information about it. Obviously you wouldn’t want to have him do it because he’s in Georgia but at least you’d get some more information about how it’s done.

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